A year ago today, Jo Finney the Books Editor of Good Housekeeping sent a momentous tweet. At least it was for me. It meant I could finally reveal the big secret that I'd been keeping since the 16th of May.
I had won the Good Housekeeping First Novel Competition with my novel.
Like the title of my novel, I've gone through a lot of changes in the last twelve months. The Box became The Choice and I went from a writer to an author, learning that there is so much more to the publishing process than I had ever anticipated.
I've been through structural edits, line edits, copy edits and I'm about to go through my proofs to do a final check before the book is finished and ready for printing.
I've got to know my amazing agent Amanda Preston and editor Victoria Oundjian.
I've had to work hard to pace my energy so I could meet my deadlines and stay well.
I've found The Choice on Amazon, Waterstones and the Book Depository.
I've seen my cover and you'll get to see it soon too.
I've been to London to speak at the London Book Fair.
All of this and The Choice isn't even published until Boxing Day, 26th December. I'm so excited about it finally being released, I want to get my story into your hands so you can share Olivia's adventures, her highs and lows.
Have you ever had a tweet that changed your life? If not, what tweet would you love to get? Let me know in the comments.
Claire Wade is the winner of the Good Housekeeping Novel Competition and author of The Choice. She was bed bound for six years with severe ME, trapped in a body that wouldn't do what she wanted. She now writes about women who want to break free from the constraints of their lives, a subject she's deeply familiar with.